Posts Tagged ‘The Man Beyond the Bridge’

Berlin 2010 Preview: Forum, Part 2

February 11, 2010

Forum is the section where Berlineastes seek out the freshest filmmakers doing their bit to push back the form’s parameters. The second part of our Forum preview kicks off with a conventional gangster story, but there’s wilder stuff in store. How about a musical version of a 1928 Communist classic from Japan, for instance? Or maybe a mad romance from Goa? Other highlights include the new film from Laura Poiras and more from the Japan, South Korea and Taiwan vanguard. Click on the titles to watch trailers.

Click here to read the first part of our Forum preview.

Indigène d’Eurasie (Eastern Drift)

Career criminal Gena has gone from extorting protection fees to dealing drugs. Now he wants out. His decision means going on the run. In a race across Europe reminiscent of Wim Wenders’s glory years, Gena reflects on his life. Through his frantic character, Lithuanian director and star Sharunas Bartas’s film sketches a criminal history of the continent.

Kanikōsen (The Crab Cannery Ship)

Takiji Kobayashi’s 1929 agitprop novel has come back into fashion thanks to discontent with the Japanese economic system. Director Sabu (Drive) adapts the time-honored story of a ship divided between downtrodden workers and vicious bosses, throwing in some singing and dancing along the way. With Nightmare Detective’s Ryuhei Matsuda.

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Trailerama: Paltadacho Munis (The Man Beyond the Bridge)

January 17, 2010

There’s Bollywood, Tollywood and Lollywood (that’s the Lahore variety, not Lagos), but they’re going to have to come up with a new name for Laxmikant Shetgaonkar‘s debut feature. It’s filmed in the Kokani language heard on Goa. Gollywood? Maybe not. A lonely forest worker Vinayak forms an attachment to an madwoman who appears on his cabin doorstep. Their relationship causes problems with the local gentry. With its beatings, rapes and exorcisms, this is a drama calculated for maximum impact.